May will bring Brexit deal back to parliament mid-January

Lawmakers accuse the PM of trying to force the parliament into backing the agreement by running the clock down to exit day

British PM Theresa May confirmed last Monday she would bring her Brexit deal back to parliament for a mid-January vote, pledging to get assurances from the EU before then to break a deadlock, news wires reported. A mid-January vote could oblige lawmakers to make a decision between her deal or leaving without one on 29 March.

With just over 100 days until Britain is due to leave the EU, May faced accusations from some lawmakers that she was trying to force a deeply divided parliament into backing her deal by running the clock down to exit day. May is pressing on with her deal to leave the EU, rejecting calls for a second referendum or to test support for different Brexit options in parliament, despite hardening opposition to the agreement to maintain close ties. 

May said parliament would debate the deal in January, before a vote in the week beginning 14 January, more than a month after an original Dec. 11 vote which she cancelled after admitting she faced a significant defeat. After a tumultuous week in which she survived a confidence vote within her Conservative Party and sought last-minute changes to the Brexit agreement reached with Brussels last month, May said again that the alternatives to her deal were leaving without an agreement or no Brexit at all. 

“I know this is not everyone's perfect deal. It is a compromise. But if we let the perfect be the enemy of the good then we risk leaving the EU with no deal,” she told lawmakers, her speech punctuated by loud shouts of protest. “Avoiding no deal is only possible if we can reach an agreement or if we abandon Brexit entirely,” she added.

 

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